4 user 1 critic

Train to Alcatraz (1948)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 June 1948 (USA)
A group of prisoners being transported by train to Alcatraz prison plot an escape.



(original screenplay)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Forbes (as Donald Barry)
Tommy Callahan
Guard Grady
Virginia Marley
Aunt Ella
Bart Kanin
Train Conductor Yelvington
U.S. Marshal Mark Stevens
Richard Irving ...
Andy Anders
Marty Mason
Marc Krah ...
Slip Mahaffey
Hutch Hutchins


The last car of a transcontinental train streaking through desolate desert country is filled with convicts headed for Alcatraz. Each is filled but with one thought---escape! Mobster Bart Kanin has an escape angle that "can't miss"---providing there's a fall guy. Having framed young Tommy Callahan on a murder rap, Kanin plans on killing two birds with one stone by making him the victim. Kanin refuses to string along, knowing that Kanin and his moll, Virginia, pinned the murder charge on him while the real killer, Marty Mason, went free. He turns to tough-guy Doug Forbes, Kanin's rival, for protection. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Crime | Drama


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 June 1948 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Prisoners bound for Alcatraz engineer a breakout from the prison train
10 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Train to Alcatraz" (1948) is a very tough and brutal story. It's one of those Republic crime stories that run about an hour. I'd call it noir because of both the criminal characters shown and the stark confrontations between them and the cops on board the train. The dialog is hard-boiled. The situation involving hostages is very tense and high stakes. No easy solution is presented.

Film fans will recognize quite a few character actors in this movie. Don 'Red' Barry is a convict, as are Milburn Stone, Denver Pyle, Iron Eyes Cody, John Doucette, John Alvin and others. William Phipps is a prisoner falsely convicted. Roy Barcroft, cast against type, is an unyielding guard.

Desperate men will do desperate things.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page